Last month, we reported on a few regional grocery chains that are earning organic certification. I went to one of them, a Hannaford, the other night, and have been meaning to publicly praise them ever since. Not only do they have huge, clearly marked organic sections (none of this shy, tucked-away business), they also had a prominently displayed easel in the produce section listing the fruits and veggies that were locally grown.

Old hat for Whole Foods, maybe, but this is big doings for a mainstream grocery. Plus, their home page is all healthy and fruity and colorful — what’s not to love? I did a little digging and it turns out they’re owned by a European company. Is that the secret?